Fleas – How to Get Rid of Them Naturally


How to Get Rid of Fleas Using Your Vacuum

Getting Rid of Fleas in the home is a difficult chore. Anyone who has had a flea infestation in the past, can surely tell you that fleas in the home are no fun to deal with.  People with this problem are willing to do anything, including a flea removal program, to get rid of them. Do you have dogs or cats? Experiencing bites on the legs, scratching, even the welt’s that can occur from scratching flea bites? We sympathize with you as we have seen this problem many times at New Era Pest Control. Being a Natural Pest Control Company, many ask how to get rid of fleas without the use of harmful, smelly chemicals. Two factors come to mind when trying to eliminate fleas.

How to get rid of fleas

Understanding the flea cycle can greatly reduce your flea problem

 

Stop the egg laying cycle and the problem will disappear

1. Stop the egg laying cycle and the problem will disappear – If we can stop the larvae from developing into full fledge, egg laying adults, then our job is much easier than coming in and spraying pesticides all over in an effort to kill blood sucking fleas. Female fleas need a blood meal in order to lay eggs. Without that blood meal, they will die. So using an Insect Growth Regulator designed specifically for fleas will eventually destroy the infestation. This process does take some time to resolve the problem with fleas, but working on the cause of the problem will yield much greater results. Break the life cycle of the flea and gain greater control.

Adult Fleas Feed on your dogs blood, leaving flea feces that contain these partially digested blood meals and then they mate. Within 48 hours, the females start laying eggs. Around 27 eggs per female per day drop off of the host animal and onto its surroundings. The fleas continue to lay eggs for approximately 10 days. Just a bit more than a week later the pupae will emerge from their cacoons due to some sort of vibration and movement. These young fleas will immediately jump onto a host aminal. Depending on the temperature of the lifecycle takes from 3 weeks up to 3 to 4 months.

Vacuum Flea Problems away!

2. Using your vacuum is a very important tool used in conjunction with a professional flea control program to eliminate fleas. Using your vacuum can make a huge difference to flea populations before the flea control service is performed. Remember the effectiveness of using a vacuum is that it be used properly and there is a proper way to use a vacuum to control fleas.

Upright vacuum cleaners seem to be the best choice in the battle of flea Control, and not the pull behind versions. Some sellers of vacuum’s will argue that this is simply not true, when all evidence points to uprights taking the win 4 to 1. Some 79% of those with flea infestations, have a pull behind version of vacuum cleaner. The pull behind versions do not work as they do not incorporate rotating brushes. These brushes agitate the carpet fibers, where the fleas, flea eggsflea pupae and flea larvae exist. The flea eggs wind up buried deep in the carpet fibers, making it difficult to effectively remove them. Using agitation brushes on vacuums enhance the ability to suck up cat fleas with more success. Also the vibrations of the rotating brushes encourage any maturing fleas to hatch from their pupae. Once hatched they will jump onto a host for a blood meal, but will be met with a tremendous sucking power and be taken to the holding tank of the vacuum.

Vacuums with clear plastic cylinders allow you to see the fleas captured from room to room. This could assist in finding the source of a flea infestation, as paying particular attention to the amount of fleas in each room will be a dead give away. (Empty the cylinder after each room is vacuumed into a black plastic bag and seal). You can also put a little Diatomaceous Earth in the clear tray. As the fleas, pupae, larvae and eggs come into contact with the isomers of the DE, they will gradually penetrate the extoskeletal system of the flea and they will die from dehydration, as the flea is mostly water. Penetrating its skeletal system is sure death.

When using your upright vacuum, pay attention to areas that are undisturbed for periods of time where dust and debris are allowed to gather. Also pay attention to furniture that the animals are allowed to frequent, and yes I do mean couches, chairs, beds where they sleep at night (Maybe Your  Bed?) Using an extension, you can vacuum cracks and crevices where flea eggs are typically laid. Vacuum base boards along the floor, vacuum and wash dog beds. Vacuum cat climbing toys and areas where they like to sleep.

PLEASE REMEMBER TO EMPTY VACUUM COMPLETELY OF ALL FLEAS, AFTER EACH USE. PLACE IN PLASTIC BAG AND SEAL. REMOVE BAG FROM INSIDE YOUR HOME

If you are experiencing a flea problem, a vacuum cleaner goes along way in getting rid of the problem. If you do not have a vacuum, it is recommended that you purchase one as soon as you can. This great tool will definitely help your flea infestation.

If all of this is too much and you need a professional Flea Control Specialist, Call New Era Pest Control. We guarantee flea removal 100%

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Break the life cycle of the flea and gain control of fleas

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Break the life cycle of the flea and gain control of fleas

GET RID OF ANTS IN YOUR HOME

How to Keep Ants From Taking Over

Follow these tips to keep ants outside where they belong

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Ants are frequently seen in the kitchen where food and water are available

Sooner or later, living in Miami means that you will encounter a battle with ants. If you haven’t, the chances are high that you will. Ants are the number 1 complaint here at New Era Pest Control, and are the number one pest problem in the United States. There are over 700 species in this country and with some 20 or more known ants to infest your home or business. Pavement ants in the garage, ghost ants on the kitchen counters, carpenter ants (Bull Ants) around the perimeter of your home, are all very common problems to deal with. However, there are some simple steps you can take to reduce the likelihood of unknowingly inviting ants into your home.

 

1. Pay close attention to where you most frequently see ants

You will notice that in most cases, that ants typically frequent the kitchen or bathrooms. Think like an ant (or other pests), and you will wind up in these areas. Think about it. Ants need food and water to survive. They are not in your home to “Drive You Crazy” on purpose! To survive, they MUST have food and water. Kitchens and bathrooms provide a great water source and the kitchen also provides an endless food supply.Bedrooms, living rooms, basements, inside walls, and in/around air conditioning and heating units are also known to attract ants.

2. Remove water sources

Reducing moisture and standing water around your home, can really assist you in preventing ants. In the kitchen area, after washing the dishes, make sure to dry up any water on the counter. Repair leaky pipes, and regularly check under sinks for areas of moisture.

3. Eliminate food sources

Keeping your kitchen clean will help to discourage ants from coming indoors. Wipe down countertops and sweep floors on a regular basis to remove crumbs and residue from spills. Store food in sealed pest-proof containers, and keep ripe fruit in the refrigerator. Wipe down sticky jars, especially any containing honey, syrup, soda or other sugary sweets. Finally, use a lid on trashcans and dispose of garbage regularly.

4. Don’t forget your pets

Cats, dogs and other pets can invite ants into your home. Their food and water bowls are an attractant for ants, so be sure to keep pet bowls clean and clean up any spilled food or water quickly. Store dry pet food in sealed plastic containers rather than the paper bags they often come in. Ants can easily get into bags of dog food, no matter how tightly you roll the bag up. Inspect dog/cat doors to ensure that pests cannot get through. Ants can fit through even the smallest openings.

5. Seal, Seal, Seal

Take time to inspect the outside of your home for any easy access points. Window screens are a good place to start. Make sure window screens are tight fitting and in good repair. Another little secret is to pay close attention to the pressure release flaps on the exterior of your windows. Many homes in South Florida are equipped with some type of hurricane resistant windows. To allow the pressure in the home to equalize, these windows are equipped with flaps that will open to allow pressure to escape during high pressure. In some cases, when the windows are installed, the installers will not install the flaps, in order to save time during installation. This allows ants and other insects to easily enter through those holes. Trees and bushes should be trimmed away from the home, as branches can provide highways indoors for ants. Seal any cracks and crevices on the outside of the home with silicone caulk, paying special attention to areas where utility pipes enter.

6. Don’t Fight the Problem Alone

Without the proper training and tools, battling ants can be an uphill battle. What’s worse, an infestation can continue to grow if it is not properly treated. Spraying insecticides in a futile effort to gain control can in some cases create a larger problem. This is true! Spraying the ants you see only kills the worker caste of the ant. These ants have a specific job. That job is to seek out food and water. Once it is found, their job is to take it back to the nest to feed larvae, other ants in the nest and the QUEEN. When the queen realizes the nest is under stress due to non returning worker casts, the nest may split up into smaller nests in other areas of the home, creating an even larger problem. This phenomenon is known as “Budding”. Some species of ants can cause serious property damage (like carpenter ants) and others (like fire ants) can pose health threats to your family.

Even species that are considered nuisance pests (like odorous house ants) can contaminate food. So if you do find ants in your home, contact us immediately, and we will get you scheduled for an appointment. We can easily identify the ant species, spot likely entry points, and determine an effective course of treatment.